You can apply for Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent in certain circumstances.
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You can only claim Housing Benefit if you pay rent and if any of the following apply:
If you are not sure and need help, call us on 01590 646121.
To make your claim for Housing Benefit, complete the online application form below.
We will tell you what information you need to provide and you can include this with your application.
You will need to provide information to support your Housing Benefit claim. We need this as soon as possible so we can process your claim.
You will need to provide proof of:
You can send these to us by email at email@example.com or upload your information using our online form below.
The amount of Housing Benefit you get depends on your income and circumstances. It is worked out by looking at:
We work out your Housing Benefit by comparing your weekly income with your applicable amount. Your applicable amount is the minimum amount the Government says you and your family need to live on each week. We also make deductions to Housing Benefits for adults living with you who are not your partner, which are known as non-dependants.
If you get Universal Credit or the guaranteed credit of Pension Credit, you will get the full amount of Housing Benefit after any deductions for non-dependants have been taken off.
If you rent from a private landlord, the maximum amount of rent we can pay will depend on your Local Housing Allowance.
We also provide information for landlords on Housing Benefit.